The Hitman’s Bodyguard tells the story of the world’s top bodyguard gets a new client, a hit man who must testify at the International Court of Justice. They must put their differences aside and work together to make it to the trial on time.
If the trailer’s were anything to judge the film by, The Hitman’s Bodyguard looked like it may have had something there but otherwise looked like a generic action film. And those thoughts aren’t wrong as at least the first twenty minutes are exactly that, but at least needed to set up the rest of the film.
Once you get past the opening section of the film and Samuel L. Jackson’s ‘motherfucker’ flinging character and Ryan Reynolds finally teaming up, the entire film changes. This can either be a good or a bad thing though it certainly made the film more enjoyable. The film doesn’t take itself seriously and you shouldn’t either, especially with the likes of Jackson and Reynolds teaming up. This isn’t a James Bond or Bourne film. It’s pure action comedy and a load of fun.
The main problem with The Hitman’s Bodyguard is that the cliches that riddle the film nearly completely ruin the chemistry Reynolds and Jackson have with each other. If the entire script wasn’t re-written mere weeks before the shoot, there may have been more time to sort out all the issues we see in the film’s current state.
Predictability aside, the story is told and you can figure it all out before it actually happens on screen, but that’s not important. What’s important that you’re just having fun and enjoying yourself while laughing at the chemistry, despite one or two jokes falling flat.
The action sequences are really on point as the film pushes the limits of their surroundings in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was nice to see another part of the world being used in such a way from boat races to car chases and helicopter rides. There’s no stopping it.
It’s not a film that everyone will like but either way, The Hitman’s Bodyguard should be seen just for the Jackson and Reynolds chemistry.